The annual Afternoon Tea this year was at Le Restaurant de Paul. It was to be a French take on the traditional Afternoon Tea.
The restaurant area is located at the back of the premises, after the takeaway area and the counter displays. The dining area is chic and has comfy seating. It feels light, airy and relaxing. The staff are friendly providing service with a smile. They were accommodating with all the dietary requirements.
A pot of the vanilla tea with almond milk was a great start to the Afternoon Tea. The artisan bread sandwich tier at Le Restaurant de Paul was of a substantial size. The sandwiches were so fresh. Chunky slices of chicken was teamed with tomato and spinach. The ham and egg was just as tasty with the egg yolk being slightly soft and oozy. The final sandwich was roasted vegetables in a small bread roll.
Le Restaurant de Paul served brioches instead of scones. The buttery and rich brioches were made with sourdough, flour, sugar and egg yolks. They were topped with sugar crystals. The brioches were served with jam and Chantilly cream. The cream was lighter than the traditional clotted cream but was balanced by the richness of the brioche.
The top tier of mini cakes included vanilla and coffee macarons. The Fraisier cake was a Genoese sponge, with layers of cream, fresh strawberries and a green marzipan topping. The chocolate treat was the Craquant. This had a chocolate mousse filling with a layer of praline and dark chocolate sponge. All of the cakes were delightful and not too heavy.
Even though we were there for the Afternoon Tea, it had become the early evening by the time we had left. Time had got away with us. It was tempting to stay for dinner as the menu looked enticing. The staff did not rush us in any sort of a way and it made for a pleasant dining experience.
Le Restaurant de Paul, 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9EDRating: